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Fire Performance of Partition Assemblies.

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Manzello, S. L.; Gann, R. G.; Kukuck, S. R.; Prasad, K. R.; Jones, W. W.

Volume 1;

Interflam 2004. (Interflam '04). International Interflam Conference, 10th Proceedings. Volume 1. July 5-7, 2004. Organised by Interscience Communications Ltd. in association with National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building Research Establishment; National Fire Protection Association; Society of Fire Protection Engineers; and Swedish National Testing and Research Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, Interscience Communications Ltd., London, England, 245-256 pp, 2004.


fire science; fire safety; partitions; compartments; tests; failure; heat flux; tempeature measurements


A series of real-scale compartment tests were performed to provide information on the phenomenology of partition response, and failure, to guide model development. Two wall assemblies of 2.44 m x 2.44 m were exposed to two intense fires from the time of ignition to beyond flashover. The assemblies were constructed using type X gypsum panels. The stud spacing and stud dimensions were fixed for both assemblies Heat flux gauges provided time histories of the energy incident on the walls, while thermocouples provided data on the propagation of heat through the walls and on the progress toward perforation. Visual and infrared cameras were used to image partition behavior during the fire exposure. Results obtained from these experiments is presented and discussed.